Namchi, 30 July (IPR): A daylong awareness programme on Scholarship Schemes organised by Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department (SJE&WD), Government of Sikkim was held at the conference hall of South District Zilla Panchayat Bhawan in Namchi today.
The programme had the attendance of District Collector, South, Shri Ragul K., in the company of Additional Secretary, SJE&WD, Smt. Benu Gurung, Senior Welfare Officer, Smt. Meena Rai, SWO, Shri Nakul Rawat, and Deputy Director, Shri. Tshering Dorjee Bhutia.
The programme also had the presence of school heads, teachers and officers from various line departments.
Resource person for the programme, Additional Secretary, Smt. Benu Gurung, in her address laid down the objective of the awareness programme which was to inform and detail out the scholarship schemes that provides suitable financial assistance to students from various categories in order to enable them to pursue their education without any financial hurdles.
The Additional Secretary, in her address, spoke in detail about scholarships namely Post Matric scholarship for ST, SC and Central OBC students, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Post Matric Scholarship for EBC (State OBC) students, Pre Matric Scholarship for ST, SC, OBC and Minority students, Post Matric scholarship for Minority students, Merit-cum-means based scholarship for Minority Students, National Fellowship and Scholarship for Higher Education for ST students, Pre Matric and Post Matric Scholarship for students with disabilities and Scholarship for students with disabilities.
She further apprised the school heads about the criteria of both online and offline form application alongside laying down the eligibility to avail the scholarships under the department.
Furthermore, she enlightened the participants about portals www.sikkim.gov.in and www.scholarship.gov.in. respectively through which students who belong to SC and OBC category (Class I to X) can get themselves registered. She also discussed group wise fee and maintenance allowance under post matric scholarship schemes.
In the same manner, she brought to light that so far only one disabled student has availed the pre-matric scholarship in South district while the applications for availing other scholarships by students under various categories has also been abysmal.
Smt. Gurung in her address prompted the school heads and the officials of the Department of HRD, South to disseminate robust awareness to the genuine students in order to aid them through the scholarships provided by SJE&WD. She sought cooperation from the District Administration for helping the department to gain momentum in widening the scholarship knowledge amongst widespread student groups.
District Collector (South), Shri. Ragul K., also addressed the gathering wherein he lauded the initiative of the officials of SJE&WD in organizing programmes of such prime importance which benefits the minority, disabled and ST, Central OBC and EBC students. He spelled out the significance of Aadhar linking to bank account as a key criteria for students to avail financial welfare of the scholarships provided by SJE&WD.
He also revealed that South district will strongly advocate the outreach of the scholarships by organizing a block level awareness camp through Welfare Division (South) office in the days to come. He called upon the school administration under the district to lend all aid and possible assistance in order to ensure scholarships to the students provided by the State and Central Government.
During the course of the programme, Senior Welfare Officer, Smt. Meena Rai, and SWO, Shri Nakul Rawat, also addressed the gathering.
Later, an interactive session between the resource person and the participants of the programme was also held.